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Carbon monoxide leak kills manager at Legal Sea Foods in New York

BY Dan Berthiaume

Boston – A carbon monoxide leak at a Legal Sea Foods restaurant in Huntington Station, N.Y., is being blamed for the death of a manager and the sickening of 27 others. According to the New York Times, at around 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, police and other medical and emergency personnel responded to a call for a woman who had fallen and hit her head in the basement of the Legal Sea Foods in the Shops at Walt Whitman, and medical personnel recognized signs of a carbon monoxide leak.

With the woman, also a restaurant employee, was restaurant general manager Steven Nelson, 55. Both were unconscious. They were immediately taken in critical condition to Huntington Hospital, where Nelson was pronounced dead on arrival. Three Suffolk County police officer and four first aid volunteers were among the 27 people taken to area hospitals with signs of carbon monoxide poisoning. Most have since been released from the hospital and none had life-threatening injuries.

A leak in the water heater in the basement of Legal Sea Foods may have been responsible for the release of carbon monoxide. Currently the leak is not thought to have spread beyond Legal Sea Foods, but a Panera Bread and Cheesecake Factory also located in the mall were evacuated as a precaution.

Legal Sea Foods has posted at least five messages expressing sympathy for Nelson and other victims on its Twitter account. In addition, a posting on the official Legal Sea Foods Facebook page credited to president and CEO Roger Berkowitz said this incident demonstrates the inadequacies of local codes for carbon monoxide detectors in commercial spaces, which Legal Sea Foods reportedly followed. Berkowitz also said in the posting that Legal Sea Foods will conduct an exhaustive safety check at all locations to ensure they exceed local carbon monoxide codes and will be at the forefront of efforts to strengthen them. The company did not comment in the article.

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Big Lots hosts career fairs in Northern California

BY Dan Berthiaume

Columbus, Ohio – Big Lots Inc. is hosting three career fairs in the San Francisco Bay and San Jose areas the first week of March. The retailer has opportunities for experienced store management, entry-level management, store associates, and stockers.

"We’re looking for people committed to delivering terrific service in a fast-paced retail environment," said regional HR manager Bill Armstrong. "This is a great opportunity to meet and interact with a prospective employer and make a real impact."

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Report: Amazon seeks deals with major retailers

BY Dan Berthiaume

Seattle – Amazom.com is reportedly seeking to strike deals with about 10 major retailers, including Abercrombie & Fitch, Neiman Marcus, J. Crew, Ralph Lauren, and Lord & Taylor, to sell their goods via listings on its e-commerce site. According to the Wall Street Journal, Amazon wants to provide links to the retailers’ own sites from its site, which would boost those retailers’ traffic while providing Amazon with a new stream of customer data and add justification for its reported plan to raise the annual fee for its Amazon Prime free shipping program.

The initiative could begin as soon as summer 2014, with Amazon including goods from those retailers in its Amazon Prime free shipment offering, though the retailers would manage and pay for actual delivery of goods. Amazon has a similar program in place with smaller retailers where they pay Amazon for any traffic or transactions generated and process the transactions, with Amazon collecting customer data.

It is not certain whether any large retailers have already signed on to the program. Amazon declined comment.

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